UPDATED, Nov. 23: How do you wrap your arms around Arlington and try to shape its future? Lots of people, from an informed citizens' committee to Town Hall planners, are trying.
They made public their draft plan to about 30 people at the Senior Center on Thursday, Nov. 6. Among the recommendations, listed in no particular order (see the complete list at the link the complete, 171-page draft plan):
-- A town facilities manager, an administrator, possibly in the Department of Public Works, who would keep track of buildings and maintenance issues;
-- Address the large number of private ways and find solutions to make them public, so they could be maintained;
-- Deal with what those who devised the plan see as an overuse of special permits to address zoning issues;
-- Fashion a comprehensive plan for the length of the Mill Brook; and
-- Make zoning changes that would encourage more than one use (for example, residential and commercial or industrial) and "unlock business" development through greater building density.
On the go? Can't decide what to do? Here's help (or more decisions to make) -- five things to consider doing this weekend, as suggested by Cambridge Day.
Yes, the website, a YourArlington partner, focuses on Cambridge, but its suggested events encompass an area within your reach. See the suggestions here >>>
Globe, Sept. 30: Canals in Boston? (graphic) | News story includes Alewife | Flood plain map showing O'Neill footprint
UPDATED, Nov. 22: Cambridge The City Council has scheduled a walking tour of the Alewife area for 9:30 a.m. Monday, Cambridge Day reports. The tour will meet at the Danehy Park parking lot on New Street.
The tour’s date was previously announced by City Manager Richard C. Rossi to "provide the City Council with … an in-depth understanding of the city’s challenging development issues in the Alewife area in advance of the Dec. 1 roundtable devoted to a discussion of citywide planning."
Friends and supporters of the Arlington Education Foundation will gather together Nov. 24, to celebrate public education in Arlington and the organization’s work supporting innovative projects and schoolwide changes in the district last year.
The festive evening will feature guest speakers Maureen Murphy, Ottoson Middle School assistant principal, and Laura Forse, Stratton School teacher.
The celebration is set for Monday, Nov. 24 at flora restaurant, 190 Mass. Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Arlington High School girls' varsity soccer team lost to Hingham, 3-2, in the Division 2 state final on Thursday, Nov. 20, at Marshfield High School, in the last minute of the match.
Melissa Dlugolecki, AHS director of athletics, wrote that, according to school records, the last time an Arlington varsity team competed in a state final was 1992, when the football team lost to North Quincy.
The Spy Ponders looked like they had been feeling the effects of the 1.5-hour drive to Marshfield in the first five minutes of the game, as the Hingham Harborwomen kept the ball in the Arlington end and controlled the game.
The Arlington players finally found their legs and were able to build an attack into the Hingham end. A cross from junior Grace Carter into the box eventually found senior captain Megan Lo who put the ball into the upper corner of the goal, putting Arlington up 1-0 in the 6th minute of the game.
The teams continued to battle through the first half, with both teams threatening to score. In the 15th minute, a Carter corner kick found senior Ragna Gjoertz, who shot wide of the goal.
Harrington reduces earlier request for 900 emails
The School Committee, through a statement read by Chairman Bill Hayner, has said an email about a Community Preservation Act agenda item in October should not have been sent to the entire committee, a violation of the state Open Meeting Act.
"After examination of the complaint, we believe the subject e-mail, as well as an e-mail response from the Chair," Hayner told the committee Nov. 13 following a 15-minute closed session, "should not have been transmitted as they were, and the CPA discussion should have either been removed by the Chair based on individual and separate member objections, or tabled at an open meeting by a member motion."
Stephen Harrington, a Precinct 13 Town Meeting member, filed the complaint citing an email to the whole board two days before the Oct. 9 meeting by committee member Cindy Starks, who objected to Hayner's placing discussion of the preservation act on that agenda. Subsequently, Hayner removed the item.
Globe, Nov. 19: Charters suspend more
The statement was dramatic, as were the accompanying statistics: Precinct 13 Town Meeting member asked during public participation at the Oct. 23 School Committee meeting, “Did you know that an African-American student is 11 times more likely than a white student to suffer an out-of-school suspension in the Arlington Public Schools?"
He presented federal statistics from 2011, provided by Arlington's the school administration, supporting his case. Read his full statement here >>
"Some might claim that these are harsh accusations," he said at the meeting. "I don’t want to believe that any one of you is racist or is intentionally formulating policy that is discriminatory."
Superintendent Kathleen Bodie addressed the numbers Thursday, Nov. 13, to the School Committee. She noted an error in the statistics originally reported to the U.S. Department of Justice and added that preliminary current numbers show a decline in the number of out-of-school suspensions.
Remember when at rocked Menotomy Rocks Park? That was on a blowy day last May.
Remember when a mural gracing Spy Pond was unveiled? That was in December 2012.
Put the two together, and you get ... art rocking Spy Pond.